How long did it take you to get used to contacts?

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
825 posts
Busy bee

Putting them in takes practice, but eventually you’ll be able to just pop them in. Your eyes take a little bit to get used to them actually being in your eye, but if you get the right ones, your eyes should be fine in under a week.

Most optometrists will give you a ‘trial pair’ so if you really can’t see yourself working with them, you won’t have to order a full year’s supply.

Post # 4
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

@jwdesiree:  I didn’t have a hard time getting used to the idea BUT I had complications due to contacts and am now not allowed to wear them.

If you get them and don’t find them comfortable go back to the eye doctor and get a different kind – DO NOT wear contacts that aren’t comfortable, trust me, it’s not worth it.

Post # 5
839 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@jwdesiree:  I’ve been wearing contacts for 14 years, and I think it took a couple of days to get used to putting them in. 

Post # 6
133 posts
Blushing bee

It didn’t take long at all for me to get used to the feeling, but it took quite a bit of practice learning how to put them in and take them out. I was only 11 at the time. My mom made me spend a Saturday practicing 🙂

As far as brand goes, I’ve been using Accuvue since day 1. I tried the Accuvue Oasis last year, but I hated them. They felt a lot thicker than what I was used to, and I could constantly feel them in my eyes. I switched back to Accuvue 2 several months ago. I will probably never try anything else.

Post # 7
5697 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

They should be really easy to adjust to, especially if they are the right fit. You may have to try more than one pair to get some that work well but ideally you shouldn’t be able to feel them at all once in. I would just make sure you get a proper fitting from an opthamologist and not just a random set from Wal Mart.


You will get used to it fast, i don’t even need a mirror to take mine in and out at this point.


ETA: I wear Air Optix night and days, and I have an astigmatism in my left eye and am so near sighted I can barely see ANYthing clearly. My husband loves to sing three blind mice to me. Brat.


Post # 8
1231 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

I was notorious for having problems with anything going near my eyes. Eyeliner? I could only apply it myself, won’t let anyone near me with that. Eye drops? My sister in law legit had to pin me down while my brother got the eye drops in. However, i had zero difficulty with contacts, putting them in & keeping them in. DH hates his BUT he’s only only tried one brand and I agree with PP that it surely depends on the brand/finding the right one for you. 

Post # 9
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Man I first got contacts in 7th grade, so it’s been awhile.  I was able to get them in right away but I was told to slowly build up to wearing them full time.  So I think it started with 30 minutes, then an hour the next day, then an hour and half etc.  So probably two weeks all said to wearing them all day.  That was quite some time ago, so the recommendation might have changed.

Post # 10
892 posts
Busy bee

I’ve been wearing contacts almost every day for over 26 years so I’m at the point where I don’t even notice having them in unless they get dirty or something in my eye.  Honestly, I do not know they are there but for the fact that I can see!  LOL.  

Post # 11
6958 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2015

@jwdesiree:  It took me about 10 days to get used to putting them in and weeks to get used to taking them out! I keep my nails with some length and was deathly afraid of scratching my eyes. My optomitrist taught me how to kind of squeeze them out but putting my fingers on my eyelids, opening my eyes wide so the lids were past the edge of the contact and then pulling my eyelid to the side. The contact sort of pops out. She said people usually use it for hard contacts, but the method works fine for my soft ones. Maybe your doc could show you that way of doing it. 

I only use them on special occassions or when I need to wear sunglasses, though. 

Post # 12
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

It probably took me a week or so to get used to putting them in (prepare for a lot of sore, red eyes at first), but once they’re in, you shouldn’t feel them at all. I always wore them all day, every day as soon as I got them and I’ve never regretted it (and my vision hasn’t gotten any worse).

Post # 13
539 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I started wearing them at 15 and have always had the rigid ones, which are supposed to be difficult to get used to. But I only had problems as long as the doctor was trying to shove it in my eye. When he told me to try for myself, I was fine. I’ll echo the pp who said don’t wear them if they’re uncomfortable; you can damage your vision doing that. 

Post # 14
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I started wearing contacts in high school.  I previously couldn’t imagine putting something in my eye, couldn’t give myself eyedrops, etc.  It took some time to get used to putting them in and taking them out, and my eye doctor had me work up to wearing them full time.  I also had seasonal allergies at that age that made my eyes watery and itchy at certain times of year, which I think made it more difficult for me to get used to contacts.  Anyhow, I eventually became a champ with contacts, have no problem giving myself eyedrops, etc.  I think that they are worth trying, but you should commit to trying them for a few months.  Otherwise, you may give up on them before you’ve really gotten used to them.

Post # 15
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@jwdesiree:  I still hate them! sdfjasdofdh;adsfh; <—- Angry panda sounds

However, I can easily put them in but they never “feel right” to me. I can always tell they are there and I could never imagine falling asleep with them in. I hate how glasses look with formal wear so I will be wearing contacts at our wedding (and also on our honeymoon – being blind on the beach is not cool).

Glasses don’t bother me so perhaps that’s why I’m so anti-contact unless I absolutely have to wear them.

Post # 16
1584 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@jwdesiree:  I got them specifically for the wedding, and now wear them for a change every once in a while. I still have issues getting them in sometimes, but once they are in, I usually forget about them. 🙂

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